Mexico Parent Wants Magazine Removed from Middle School Library
Seventeen magazine says its target audience is 12-25 year olds and most junior high students are 11-14. Fuller says that gap means too mature content for middle schoolers.
The magazine primarily has fashion and beauty articles, but Marla Fuller, a parent, found several articles similar to this one where an 18 year old girl talks about a sexual experience.
"I'm not against sex education, but I feel like it should be in health class so parents know what their children are being exposed to. Right now any of the middle schoolers can come to the library and check out the magazine," said Fuller.
But Fuller worries the magazine might lead to some unwanted people checking out the students and because the girls can put a profile on the website and risk the threat of online sexual predators.
"The previous librarian chose that book because she thought it had appropriate content for that age level," said Superintendent Lloyd Little.
Last Friday, Fuller presented her case to a district committee that's still deciding whether to pull the magazine off the shelves at the Mexico Junior High School.
"If a parent feels it's okay, then they can go buy it or they can subscribe to it. But don't give free access to it in the public schools for our kids to see," Fuller said.
Mexico Public School's superintendent says the committee could decide next week whether to allow, ban or restrict access to the magazine.